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March 4: Gallup CEO Jim Clifton to Speak at Mackinac Policy Conference; Health Care Leaders Forum to Guide Navigation Through Health Care Reform

Gallup CEO Jim Clifton to Speak at 2014 Mackinac Policy Conference, Register Before Prices Increase

The Detroit Regional Chamber announced Jim Clifton, the chairman and CEO of Gallup, Inc. as a keynote speaker for the 2014 Mackinac Policy Conference, to be held May 27-30 at Grand Hotel. Providing insights from Gallup’s work around the world, Clifton will speak to our nation’s changing demographics and how those trends will impact society, politics and business.

Serving as its CEO since 1988, Clifton has grown Gallup from a predominantly U.S.-based organization into a worldwide organization with 40 offices in 30 countries and regions. Clifton is also the author of “The Coming Jobs War,” a book that asserts job creation and successful entrepreneurship are the most pressing issues.

Clifton’s insight for cities and nations speaks directly to the Conference pillar of entrepreneurship, which encourages a culture of innovation through forward-thinking policy, capital infusion, and talent availability to ensure entrepreneurs are a core component of Michigan’s DNA.

Click here to register before prices increase by $200 for both members and future members on March 17.

For more information on the Conference, including speaker details and agenda updates, click here.

Health Care Leaders Forum to Guide Navigation Through Health Reform Changes, March 12

Join the Chamber for the 2014 Health Care Leaders Forum from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, March 12 at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago – Detroit Branch to learn the impact of the Affordable Care Act. Respected regional and national health care authorities will discuss underlying trends in health care and help employers and their employees navigate the turbulent waters ahead.

The Forum will provide a strong lineup of industry experts, including:

  • Carlos Jackson, Senior Associate Director, Federal Relations, American Hospital Association
  • Paul Keckley, Former Executive Director, Deloitte Center for Health Solutions
  • David Lansky, President and CEO, Pacific Business Group on Health
  • Kathleen Neal, Director, Integrated Health Care & Disability, Chrysler Group LLC
  • John Neuberger, Director of Client Partnerships, Quad/Graphics
  • Tevi Troy, Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute; Former Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Randy Vogenberg, Principal, Institute for Integrated Healthcare
  • Jay Want, Owner and Principal, Want Healthcare, LLC

For more information on the Forum, and to register, click here.

Detroit Policy Conference Video Available Online

As reported in Friday’s special eDetroiter, the 2014 Detroit Policy Conference proved to be another great success, rallying approximately 800 business, community and government leaders to discuss Detroit’s next chapter. In just its third year, the Conference again grew in attendance while drawing increased attention from media and corporate sponsors.

If you missed the event, full video is now available online for most of the sessions. Click here to check out keynotes by renowned historian Thomas Sugrue, TED Senior Fellow Candy Chang and Wayne State University President M. Roy Wilson, or Power Perspectives from the Detroit Free Press’ John Gallagher and Hantz Woodlands’ Adam Hollier. There is also video of concurrent sessions: “The City Speaks: Revitalizing Detroit’s Neighborhoods” and “Rethinking Regionalism: The Collaborative Way Forward.”

Magazine’s Governors Cup Awards

Michigan placed fifth in the nation in Site Selection magazine’s Governors Cup Awards for 2013, which recognizes states with the most new and expanded corporate facilities per capita. Michigan’s 312 projects ranked the state behind Texas (657), Ohio (480), Illinois (383) and Pennsylvania (348). States ranking at or near the top of the rankings are recognized for fostering business climates conducive to attracting capital investment and creating jobs.

The 60-year-old Atlanta-based Site Selection has awarded the Governors Cup annually since 1978 to the U.S. state with the most new and expanded corporate facilities as tracked by Conway Data Inc.’s New Plant Database. Site Selection’s yearly analyses are regarded by corporate real estate analysts as “the industry scoreboard.” To read more, click here.

Guide a Recent High School Graduate Through the Detroit Scholarship Mentoring Program

Last fall, more than 650 Detroit high school graduates entered five local community colleges as full-time students through the Detroit Scholarship Fund (DSF), administered by the Detroit Regional Chamber. While the Chamber is proud of this accomplishment, the goal isn’t simply to get students into college – it’s to help them succeed. The majority of DSF students will be first-generation college attendees in need of support. The Chamber is seeking adult mentors to provide additional guidance through the hurdles of college life through the Detroit Scholarship Mentoring Program.

Detroit Scholarship Fund mentors will work to support a student from the spring of their senior year of high school through graduation from a community college. Mentors will support the transition from high school to college for full-time students at one of the participating DSF schools including: Henry Ford Community College, Macomb Community College, Oakland Community College, Schoolcraft College and Wayne County Community College District. To learn how to help guide high school students, click here.